Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named the Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Efiom as the city’s equity and empowerment coordinator.

The position was created last year to provide coordination and leadership regarding issues of access, equity and empowerment to city services, programs and offerings.


Efiom served as the chief executive officer of the Ebenezer AME Church in Evanston from 2010-2016 where she was responsible for spiritual guidance and strategic leadership for members, staff and ministries.

She also managed two Department of Housing and Urban Development properties housing 200 seniors in Evanston.

Efiom has also served as the project director of the Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program since 2014. Before coming to Evanston in 2010, Dr. Efiom held several administrative positions with Indiana University.

She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

“Evanston is incredibly fortunate to have Pat Efiom agree to take on a new role after many years of being a leader and conscience of our community,” Bobkiewicz said. “She understands the challenges we face in our city, state and nation to provide equitable programs and services to all. Her many years of championing these issues in Evanston will only make the City’s efforts moving forward that much stronger.”

Efiom will begin her new position with the City on Feb. 20.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Has the Sustainability Coordinator been replaced?

    This new appointment made me wonder what is going on with the Sustainability Coordinator position.

    Catherine Hurley resigned last year and I don’t see any job listing for it.

    Bill do you know what is going on?

    1. Sustainability

      I believe Environmental Project Coordinator Kumar Jensen is carrying on that role.

      — Bill

      1. And more info

        City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says … he’s doing a separate recruitment for a position which will replace the sustainability manager position.  That position has been downgraded to focus just on climate and energy issues.  Catherine had much larger livability portfolio which is now handled by multiple positions.

        Kumar will continue doing natural resources issues supporting urban forest and ecology efforts, conservation, as well as refuse reduction and recycling programs.

        — Bill

  2. We have to pay for this?
    Oh come on. Tax payers like me have to pay for this salary position? This is just a waste of tax money.

    1. New or Replaced ? Still a waste of money
      The city never fails to come up with new positions so as to increase their budget and make themselves look more important.
      Taxes are high and the deficits will keep growing but the city keeps creating new jobs to keep the P.C. crowd happy.

      1. job description

        I agree…..the descriptive wording sounds like something people do to pad their resume.  ….and to sound more important.   More salaries and money going down the drain.

  3. Really Evanston?

    I have no problems with the good doctor. She seems to be highly qualified to do what ever job she wants to do. My problem is with the city paying for jobs that 99 percent of the residents don’t even know exist. Is this a position that is essential to the existence of the city? This one screams for condolidation with something else. The limited funds we have should be spent on more pressing matters.

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